Last year, John and I decided to celebrate Valentine's Day by donating the money we would have spent on the holiday to an organization that helps immigrants and refugees. With the help of our generous friends and family, we raised over $1,500 dollars for the National Immigration Law Center.
The National Retail Federation, which has been conducting its annual Valentine's Day consumer spending survey since 2004, predicts that Americans will spend over 18 billion dollars on Valentine's day this year.
We're asking you to join us again in defraying some or all of your Valentine's Day spending to help an organization that helps others. This year, we're hoping you'll join us in raising money for the International Rescue Committee, which provides emergency aid and long-term assistance to people displaced by war, natural disasters, and persecution.
In 2016, a record 65.6 million people were displaced from their homes. Half of them were children. (http://www.unhcr.org/globaltrends2016/) The number of refugees and displaced persons remains high, and the services provided by organizations like the International Rescue Committee are more needed than ever.
Some suggested donation amounts:
The price of a Valentine's Day card and a box of chocolates: $10–15
The price of a bouquet of flowers: $15–35
The price of dinner out: $50–150 (for New York City multiply by 3)
Or any amount you can spare.